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Four new cases of equine flu found at Newmarket stables

Four new cases of equine flu found at Newmarket stables

The sport has been on hold since last Thursday, after three cases of the highly-contagious virus - subsequently rising to six - were identified at the yard of Grand National-winning trainer Donald McCain in Cheshire.

Racing will now take place at Kempton, Musselburgh, Plumpton and Southwell as planned on Wednesday, but special measures will be in place.

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) said on Monday that horse racing in Britain, halted last week after several cases of equine influenza, would resume on Wednesday. We are working with the Thoroughbred Breeders Association and wider Newmarket community to attempt to contain the issue'.

Analysis is ongoing at the AHT, in line with a prioritisation plan based on the potential exposure of horses to a horse who has tested positive (for example at the fixture at Ayr on 6 Feb), or to a horse from a yard returning a positive test.

The BHA issued a statement shortly before midnight GMT Monday in which it explained how racing would resume but "only with strict bio-security controls in place".

8 races in all will thrill and beguile on a day that will be steeped in history as another horse's name is added to the prestigious Kingwell Trophy, and racing celebrates the return of one of the country's most popular sports. "This risk has been assessed and, based on the evidence - and ensuring biosecurity measures are in place - the level of risk is viewed as acceptable".

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As part of the controlled return, the BHA has developed a risk framework which allows it to categorize individual trainers by the level of risk they have been exposed to.

A total of 174 racing stables were placed in lockdown, while thousands of horses were tested for the virus.

The BHA is finalizing overnight which category individual trainers will now be placed in. The BHA will be in further contact with Newmarket trainers tomorrow morning.

During the blank period some key races in the build up to the Cheltenham Festival should have been run and a handful have now been rescheduled.

However, it has been announced that the Betfair Hurdle and the Denman Chase - both which were due to take place at Newbury last weekend - have been moved to Ascot on February 16.

Crisford confirmed Sajanjl, who ran at Newcastle last week, has tested negative. There is no obvious connection between Sajanjl and the four identified horses. The horse in question was fully vaccinated, as are all the horses that are stabled on our site. At the moment the affected horses are all contained within this yard.